Remixes for Lady Gaga ("The Edge of Glory"), Avicii ("Seek Bromance") and Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup ("We Speak No Americano") have certainly served Porter Robinson well. But the North Carolina EDM artist says he's charting a course away from such projects in the future.
"I remember being really super-excited about the prospect of being able to remix major acts when I was first getting those opportunities, but more importantly what I found is that I don't think those types of things are really necessary," Robinson tells Billboard.com. "I don't think they gain you a lot of fans or really benefit you. For example, Lady Gaga fans are not my fans, I think, and vice versa. So I don't think have a lot to gain by getting exposure to her fans. Your time is better spent writing exactly what you love and what you think is great. I still like the idea of doing remixes, but I only want to do remixes of songs I already love and songs I've heard and really impress me and give me goosebumps as opposed to trying to take a big opportunity."
At the moment, however, Robinson mostly wants to make some new music. After spending six months on the road, he's looking forward to heading back into the studio and adding to a repertoire that includes the "Spitfire" EP for Skrillex's OWSLA label and the single "Language." Another single called "Take Me Home" was slated to follow, but Robinson says he's "kind of reconsidering that release. I'm thinking about making it part of an EP or changing the song altogether because I'm not happy with certain parts of it. I'm kind of on the fence about it."
Meanwhile, Robinson adds, "I miss writing music a whole lot. It's difficult to do that on the road; touring is awesome, but it's not what I do [music]."
He does acknowledge that the live show "is definitely a useful tool" for ideas he can take into the studio. "Performing live and seeing what works and what sort of motion and energy makes sense to a crowd totally informs your choices in structuring songs," Robinson explains. "When I'm writing music later there are certain hesitations in the structure of a song or things you can do to build to a big crescendo or make the big drop that I picked up from doing the shows. After six months out there I've got a lot of ideas I'm really anxious to try out."